photograph of a group of Civil War veterans

Group of 7th Minnesota Veterans

Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry veterans photographed in September 1905.

Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The Seventh Minnesota Infantry served on Minnesota's frontier in the troubled summer of 1862 and through the first half of 1863. The regiment eventually headed south, taking part in a key battle that virtually destroyed a major Confederate army. They also participated in one of the final campaigns of the war.

US Army officer's Model 1850 sword

US Army officer's Model 1850 sword

Detail of sword used during the Civil War by Adjutant Alonzo Putnam Connolly of the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. Tiffany and Company made the hilt and did the etching on the blade.

Colonel Alonzo Putnam Connolly, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and National Guards.

Colonel Alonzo Putnam Connolly, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry and National Guards.

1871 view of Col. Alonzo P. Connolly, who was adjutant of the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

US Army medical officer's uniform sash

US Army medical officer's uniform sash

Dark green knit silk uniform sash worn during the Civil War by Chief Surgeon Alfred Wharton of the 6th Minnesota Regiment. Wharton resigned in 1864 due to illness contracted while at Helena, Arkansas.

Survivors members of Company F, 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing.

Survivors members of Company F, 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing.

Members of Company F, 6th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the home of Captain Horace B. Wilson at Red Wing.

Five-string banjo (stringless)

Five-string banjo (stringless)

Banjo made by Franklin Tenney Brawley, a drummer in the Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company G. Brawley made the banjo during the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War from a bed post and a drum head. The Banjo is inlaid with silver coins and features a hand drawn U.S.A. shield and flag.

6th Minnesota company flag

6th Minnesota company flag

Flag of Company G of the 6th Minnesota Infantry is made of blue silk, with the motto "Union Forever" on the obverse and "Conquor or Die" on reverse. It was presented by women of St. Paul to Company G on October 23, 1862.

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas; taken while 6th Minnesota Volunteers were camped in Helena.

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas; taken while 6th Minnesota Volunteers were camped in Helena.

Slave quarters, Helena, Arkansas; taken while 6th Minnesota Volunteers were camped in Helena.

Camp Buford, Helena, Ark. Sixth Minnesota Infantry

Camp Buford, Helena, Ark. Sixth Minnesota Infantry

The Sixth spent four and a half months garrisoning Helena, during which time many men died or fell ill from disease.

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